During a previous meetup we discusses the advantages and disadvantages of city vs. rural living. Stemming from that conversation I would like to discuss the impact, pros and cons of mass produced food vs locally grown food. On some level I believe this is a quantity vs. quality argument an which you feel is best will be based on which of those features you think is most important. Many scholars, economists, and environmentalists have weighed in on this issue and their opinions and data vary just as much as I am sure ours will. For instance, if you ask if local food is greener it has been shown that growing locally is not (use of a lot more land to produce much less product), however that the food purchased from local foods is (no pesticides) (http://www.worldwatch.org/node/6064). During this meetup I hope we can discuss the following issues:
1) How does considerations of our health impact our views on locally developed or grown products vs mass produced?
2) Should we be promoting locally grown, harvested goods or put our energies into more mass produced good to help sustain an ever growing, hungry population?
3) Which is better for our environment in the long run?
Of course there are many other issues surrounding this topic we can discuss as well. Below are some links that discuss and highlight some of these issues that would be worth reading to before this discussion. Please feel free to post other resources on this as well, I am new to this area!
The Greater Philadelphia Thinking Society is a Meetup group that brings together a variety of people for stimulating and civically minded conversations. Meetups include a reoccurring 10:30 AM discussion on Saturdays and Sundays where members join in a relaxing setting to meet thoughtful people who are willing to discuss a variety of topics suggested by our members including: current events, science, technology, nature, design, philosophy, politics, religion, business, culture, literature and art. We also host social events inspired by Ben Franklin's Junto. These events allow members to interact and hold discussions of varied topics in different social settings. All are welcome to participate, interact, meet and learn from others at our events.
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